6 Essential Elevator Maintenance Tips

Elevators are meant to provide convenience to those working or living in multi-floor buildings. They are something most people don’t give a second thought to as they step into the elevator and choose their floor. But if you are the person or entity that owns that building, it’s up to you to ensure that elevators are properly maintained so they are safe and efficient. But what’s involved in maintaining an elevator? There are some essential tips and steps that are recommended as we will discuss below.

Ensure Buttons Work Properly

A good place to start is by ensuring that the buttons on the elevator all work properly. This includes the control panel on the exterior wall of the elevator, as well as the panel located inside the elevator. Sometimes, buttons can get stuck, items can get wedged in them and some of the backlights may stop working. Passengers need to be able to use the panel with ease, finding their floor and selecting it without issue.

Keep Tracks and Doors Clean

Another tip is to ensure that the door track and the doors themselves are kept clean at all times. There can be a build-up of grease, grime, dirt, debris and other items that prevent the doors from opening and closing smoothly. This can pose a safety risk, so these tracks need to be kept in tip-top shape.

Make Sure You Are Using the Right Cleaners

And speaking of cleaning the elevator, you must use products that won’t harm or destroy any of the elevator components or surfaces. If you’re unsure of what products to use, it’s best to contact the manufacturer.

Keep a Consistent and Comfortable Interior Temperature

The elevator should also be able to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature at all times. This should be relatively simple to inspect and maintain.

Hire an Elevator Inspection Company

To eliminate any headaches or oversights, many building owners choose to go with elevator inspection companies like Atis who can come in, inspect the elevator and make a customized list of recommendations. They can perform the all-important safety inspections, ensure the elevator is compliant and that it is performing optimally. Because they are a private entity, they aren’t biased and that means you can trust their advice and recommendations.

Conduct a Daily Inspection

Perhaps the most important maintenance tip of all is to make sure inspections are happening daily. That doesn’t mean repair work needs to be done daily, but there needs to be someone in charge of looking at all the most important aspects of the elevator daily. This will help identify potential red flags before they become an issue.

As part of the inspection process, there should also be a log kept of all repairs and maintenance so you can easily look back on when specific issues were flagged and addressed.

Using these essential steps will ensure that you’re able to operate a safe and reliable elevator in your building that everyone can use. Remember, proper maintenance will help to identify issues before they become too serious.

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